My Creative Journey @ Practical Publishing- my year in cards 2016

Hi all. Many thanks for joining me on my creative journey. Today I’d like to share with you a compilation of my magazine commissions during 2016. I have been very honoured to work with the amazing editors at Practical Publishing Ltd, who have given me many opportunities to create and showcase my style through  projects in their magazines

Creative Stamping

Papercraft Essentials 

Die-cutting Essentials (plus special editions)

Simply Cards & Papercraft


Did you know that you can also follow the latest news and releases from these magazines on Facebook? Find them them by searching for

Papercraft magazines

I look forward to you joining me through 2017, I’m looking forward to what the team has in store for me.


many thanks for watching, see you again soon

Pixie Powder on Coloured Card – Creative Expressions

Hello, welcome to my first blog post for 2017 (I think!). Today i have been playing with Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powders, trying them out on coloured cardstock. What do you think of the result, I just love it. I love how subtle they become in the background, letting the beauty of the mica catch the light.

I don’t usually, go to pink as my first choice but this Raspberry foundation card is so vibrant i thought it would be fab to team it with crisp white. I sprinkled two Cosmic Shimmer Pixie powders over an A4 sheet  and activated the pigment with water. I was quite liberal with the powders just in case on the bright background they didn’t show, and I think I got the balance just right. I used Aubergine Dream & Burnt Orange – give it a try at home you’ll be so impressed at the effect and how the light changes the background.

I wanted to achieve crisp lines, and Sue Wilson’s Perspectives word dies are perfect.  For me, the addition of the black stamping in the background lifts the entire design and completes the perfect colour combination.

I aim to find new ways to use the supplies I have and an idea came into my head ‘what would pixie powders look like on a coloured cardstock?’. I should say at this point, I sat down originally with a different idea!

I have embossed the flower heads in white embossing powder directly onto the pixie powder background. I wanted to show the versatility of stamps by Creative Expressions. The flowers, with accompanying dies are part of Sue Wilson’s festive collection, and are actually Christmas Roses (and their leaves)….. you wouldn’t have guessed would you?

I always stamp and cut two lots of flowers so I can choose the best for my project. I was able to use all of them and managed to create a second card, sticking to the same theme.

Supplies used

Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder – Aubergine Dream & Burnt Orange

Cosmic Shimmer pixie powder - Aubergine Dream   Pixie Powder - Burnt Orange

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson, Festive Collection – Christmas Rose (CED3052)

Stamps to Die for by Sue Wilson, Christmas Rose (UMS728)

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson Perspectives – Happy (CED8301)

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson, Australian Collection – Background (CED8101)

Creative Expressions Clear Stamp set – Stitched Mobile Fun (CEC765)

Creative Expressions clear stamps – Elegant Sentiments (CEC745)

Craft Dies by Sue Wilson, Christmas RoseChristmas Rose UMS728Sue Wilson's Craft Dies Perspectives - HappyAustralian Collection, Background (CED8101)Stitched Mibile Fun CEC765Elegant sentiment stamps CEC745



Snow with Unicorn Sparkles – IndigoBlu

Hi there, we are so near to Christmas now and this is my busiest week of the year.

For the December challenge on the IndigoBlu blog, it’s all about Snow, Snow, Snow.

IndigoBlu December Challenge


Many of you will either have snow at Christmas this year or are wishing for it, my sister wishes for it every year, but living in Devon very rarely see’s it unfortunately.

My Design Team Entry

I have created my snow effect on an acetate sheet. I have mixed unicorn sparkles into Super Thick Slap It On medium and applied it to acetate through the textures stencil. When the slap it on has dried it will be transparent and the sparkles glisten through as if it is snow. These two products combined are fabulous and I love working with them both. Mixed together they create a super snowy effect.

I have domed the acetate to create a 3D effect in front of a woodland scene. I really enjoy using tree stamps, and am always exploring alternative ways in which to use them and to create believe landscape scenes. by using acetate I was able to use more tree images without layering them on top of one another. When you are building your layers with stamps it is really important not to lose too much of the detail of the images.

Using tree stamps from the A6 Winterland Wood set, I have created a scene in the background onto IndigoBlu paper using Peacock Feathers Distress ink. I just loved the richness of the colour in the design paper, and teamed it with a teal cardstock. The background scene takes the landscape structure from the paper, and the woodland created by the varying style of tree. The colour is quite alternative for a christmas theme, but works….in my opinion anyway :-D.

IndigoBlu Supplies

A5 Winterland Wood
A5 Winterland Wood
Textures stencil (6x6 in)
Textures stencil (6×6 in)
Super thick slap it on
Super thick slap it on
Unicorn Sparkles
Unicorn Sparkles







To accent the card I have used Tim Holtz sissix ‘Holiday Greens’ dies, again using shades of teal to continue the colour scheme.

Many thanks for joining me today. I’d like to extend many festive wishes to you.

Merry Christmas everyone, see you again soon,

Embossing Techniques on Pixie Powder background

Hello, today I wanted to share some embossing techniques with you. I have used the pixie powder background that I created in my last post. This piece has been sitting on my desk drying, and along with some other off cuts I had laying around, I was able to pull together a couple of really sweet cards.

Below I have put together a video, and especially for those of you who are new to papercrafting particularly heat embossing. It is a favourite technique of all the papercrafters I know. I don’t think i will ever tire of watching the magical moment when the embossing powder turns into it’s molten state.

This time of year we are concentrated on batch cardmaking, creating designs that are quick and simple to make….yet remain stylish.

Creating a co ordinating collection

As you can see there is a theme running through the cards above.  Reminding  you of the card I made in my last post, you will see that I have again used pixie powders and stamps.

Using a couple of different embossing techniques, these cards are so quick to assemble and are really fun to make. The focal image and colour theme can be changed up, but still allow you to create a co ordinating collection.


please follow the link to see how this card is made,


Embossing techniques on a pixie powder background, youtube video


Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon



Pixie Powders & Gnomes – Creative Expressions

Hi there and welcome to all my new and existing followers. I have made a little video for you today using the fab pixie powders and two great stamp sets,  Lisa Hortons ‘Make Gnome Mistakes‘ & John Lockwoods ‘Christmas Borders & Flourishes‘.


I couldn’t wait to share this with you today. There are so many ways to use all of these products, and I wanted to create a card with a Scandanavian / Nordic style, I am loving the clean lines and uncluttered style this year. it’s not often I choose to use red, but this shades tones so well with the icy blues.

I stamped and  coloured with watercolor crayons with under tones of grey. The card is lifted by adding a pop of colour with the pixie powder ‘Teal Wash’ it tones beautifully with the images and the foundation card I used to make the card blank (Aqua & Cornflower foundation card). I use the christmas borders to stamp a repeating pattern in the back ground, using Hickory Smoke distress ink, much subtler than going with black.



Creative Expressions Supplies used

Make Gnome Mistake clear stamps

Christmas Borders & Flourishes by John Lockwood

 Foundation card, Aqua & Cornflower Blue

Cosmic Shimmer Pixie Powder, Teal Wash

Many thanks for joining me today, see you again soon.


IndigoBlu – Unicorn Glisten & Sparkle

Wow, I’ve been playing with super thick Slap-it on and Unicorn sparkles to create this Unicorn Glisten & Sparkle card, quite handy as the November is all about

Glisten & Sparkle

The sparkles come by mixing the Unicorn Sparkles in super thick Slap  It On and spreading it through the Vintage Frame Stencil, making it look like a magical rainbow. The amazing thing about using the super thick Slap it On is that as it dries it becomes transparent, so you get the dimension that shows off any medium you have mixed into it – in this case all the glittering unicorn sparkles.

I have made ‘Jewel’ the Unicorn glisten by painting her with blue Luscious powder. It is so hard to capture in the photograph the beauty of the sparkle, but any of you who have used the Unicorn sparkles or Luscious powder will know how fabulous they look in real life.


The blue backdrop has been created by splashing water onto a distressed ink background, and ‘mopping up’ the splashes.

Really looking forward to what you all create for this challenge, hope you can join us.

IndigoBlu Supplies used..

IndigoBlu 'Jewel'
IndigoBlu ‘Jewel’
IB Vintage Frame
IB Vintage Frame
IB Slap It on super thick
IB Slap It on super thick
IB Unicorn Sparkle
IB Unicorn Sparkle
IB Luscious
IB Luscious
IB Peace on Earth
IB Peace on Earth
IB Sarah's Choice
IB Sarah’s Choice






Thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon.


Pink Monochrome Woodland Scene for IndigoBlu

Today I have created another piece for IndigoBlu and the November Monochrome challenge. I have a real weakness for nature based stamps, especially trees and in this new set Kay has given us more beautiful images to play with. Choosing pink as my colour I have created a woodland scene as the setting for the magnificent decorated Stag.


I created a background with a layer of Marshmallow acrylic paint. I mixed a small amount of copper luscious powder with super thick slap it on, and applied it through the Laurel leaf stencil, leaving it all the dry.


Using a selection of the tree stamps from the Winterland Wood A5 stamp set , the Textures stencil and Worn Lipstick distress ink i created the woodland scene.


To finish the piece I added the magnificent stage from the Winterland Wood in a dark raspberry red ink.


The rest of the team have created some fabulous pieces also, so it is well worth a visit over on the challenge blog, hope to see you there.



IndigoBlu Supplies

Winterland Wood
Winterland Wood
Laurel Stencil
Laurel Stencil
Coral Luscious pigment
Coral Luscious pigment
Super thick Slap it On
Super thick Slap it On








Many thanks for joining me today, hope to see you again soon,


Monochrome Laurel Leaves IndigoBlu

Hi there, and welcome to all my new viewers and followers. Using the coordinating Laurel leaves staamps and stencil I have created a card for the October challenge for IndigoBlu


I have used just one Distress Ink colour, crushed olive.  Distress inks are perfect to use for this kind of look because by applying just one colour of ink in different ways you can change its look completely. Apply the ink with a blending foam, a mildly damp wet wipe, on a stamp or direct to paper and you will be able to achieve many different shades and intensity of colour.


IndigoBlu Supplies

IB Laurel leaves
IB Laurel leaves
Word blocks
Word blocks
Laurel stencil
Laurel stencil







Thanks for joining me today, and I hope you can pop by the IndigoBlu blog for more inspiration from the wonderful team.


See you again soon,


Autumn Wildlife

Welcome back to my blog this morning. Can you believe we have reached autumn already. With the nights drawing in again, IndigoBlu have launched their challenge for September –


This is a perfect choice for me, I like autumn – the colours, the frsh bright days, and of course the wildlife. There is a flurry of activity, birds and small mammals become visible in our gardens again after the quiet days of summer.


I have made a DL cards, and chose three distress colours to create a background. IndigoBlu have a perfect stamp set called Nature II that for me sums up autumn in stamps. Wouldn’t it be great if the colour leaf litter that collects through the season is as luscious as the chocolate box Mega-Flakes that I have used here



Products used

Distress Inks – Aged Mahogany, Fossilized Amber, Dried Marigold

Promarkers – Burgundy, Cardinal Red

Graphmaster alcohol pens – 104. 92, 98 (skin tone set)

IB - Nature II
IB – Nature II
IB - Aloysius
IB – Aloysius
IB - Chocolate Box Mega Flakes
IB – Chocolate Box Mega Flakes








It is well worth a visit to the IndigoBlu blog to check out the inspiration from the rest of the design team. I really look forward to seeing all your creations.


Thinking back on my other posts I have a tutorial post to create a tag using another set of IndigoBlu stamps, follow the link below

IndigoBlu – Tutorial to Make a Stamped Tag

Thanks for joining me today,


Wedding Guest Book with Creative Expressions


We are in wedding season, and with Creative Expressions we are showcasing the wonderful products, and our projects that you can make to accessorise your wedding, and remember those special moments. it is very apt, for me to be sharing this post with you this week in particular, because this week  I am celebrating my 20th wedding anniversary.

The project i have chosen to create is a wedding guest book. I think it is a lovely idea for this blank paged book to be passed around from guest to guest to jot down and share their thoughts about your special day. I have step by step photo’s for you here, and at the end i have a full list of the Creative Expressions supplies I’ve used.

Step by step
wedding book 1
Step 1 – Prepare the MDF elements by priming them with a couple of layers of gesso. Allow to dry properly between layers.


wedding book 2
Step 2- . Stamp multiple images of the two smallest Filigree Peony stamps, using Colour Cloud Ocean blue. Use the corresponding Perfect Peony dies to cut out the flowers.


wedding book 3
Step 3- Take a ball ended tool to shape the flowers. Work onto a soft surface, like Phil Martins stamping mat, and moving the tool in circular movements in the centre of the flower. Add self adhesive flat backed pearls to the centre of each bloom.


wedding book 4
When the gesso is dry, begin applying Colour Cloud Ink to the MDF cover. Use the smoothie sponges to apply the colour. Either in a dabbing or circular motion, depending on the preferred finish. Allow to dry thoroughly.


wedding book 5
Step 5- Apply sparkle texture paste through the heart cluster mini stencil, as a backdrop for the MDF embellishments


wedding book 6
Step 6- Extend the texture paste through a portion of the stencil further up the page. Allow to dry.


wedding book 7
Step 7- Use Colour Cloud ink and gilding wax to colour tint the MDF elements. Accent areas with Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels. When dry fix onto the stencilled area of the book cover.


wedding book 8
Step 8- Use silicone glue gel to apply the stamped flowers around the MDF shapes, ‘catching’ short lengths of ribbon and loops among the petals.


wedding book


Creative Expressions supplies

MDF 6×6 book covers (2 pieces) – CEMDFBOOK6x6

MDF Wedding accessories (pack 19) – CEMDFWEDACC

Finishing Touches collection by Sue Wilson, Perfect Peony complete petals Die – CED1432

Stamps to Die For, Filigree Peony – UMS660

Mini Stencil Heart Cluster – CEMSHEARTS

Cosmic Shimmer Colour Cloud, Ocean Blue & Summer Sky

Phill Martin Metallic Gilding Wax, Frosty Aqua – CSPHGWFRAQUA

Finishing Touches 5mm Flat backed self adhesive pearls – SAP5WHITE

Cosmic Shimmer Glitter Jewels


Many thanks for joining me today. Below I have the link for the Creative Expressions blog, so if you’d more information or inspiration, head on over to see what the rest of the team have been up to.

Please click the link below to see what the other members of the Creative Expressions Design Team have been creating

Satin Ribbon, Ocean Blue – CESROCEAN